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Forum topic by stevenmadden posted 02-01-2013 05:34 PM 2191 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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stevenmadden

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02-01-2013 05:34 PM

I ordered a pair:

http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?sku=Holdfast

Just wanted to get the word out that they are now being made by Lie-Nielsen.

Steven


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jap

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 06:00 PM

have fun, and keep us informed how well they work.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 06:22 PM

I know cast ductile iron is supposed to be closer to steel in its characteristics than to cast gray iron, but please forgive me if I remain skeptical. My ductile iron holdfasts, purchased from Woodcraft, are worthless. They have no spring in them.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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DKV

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 06:23 PM

I have these for about 1/3 the price and they work great. I’m anxious to see how much better the LN’s are.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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Kreegan

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 07:40 PM

I looked at these and almost ordered a pair, but they require a very thick bench top (2 3/4” – 4”). My bench is only 1 1/2” thick. I know I could add reinforcement around the dog holes, but if I were going to do that, I’d just build a new bench, and I’m not really interested in doing that just for these holdfasts. Post a review when you get a chance to try them out.

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 07:44 PM

I have the Gramercy ones (pictured above by DVK) and love them. That said, I’d be curious to know how well the LN ones work. They definitely have a bit more style than the Gramercy ones.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 07:45 PM

“ductile cast iron” + smacking with a mallet = me not impressed…

I’m sure they did their tests on those to make sure they work fine, but to me that combination at that price range is unnecessary. I have the same FORGED set like DKV posted above for a smiggen of the LN price tag that I don’t think can be beat.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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stevenmadden

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 09:04 PM

crank49, DKV, Brandon W, PurpLev: I am no expert, and you are all probably right, but I have never been disappointed with any Lie-Nielsen product. I have a considerable collection of their tools (and like to think I know how to use them), so I guess I am willing to purchase these based on brand loyalty alone. We will see…

Steven

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 09:07 PM

Steven,

They do look elegant, and it coming from a house name like LN I have to assume they are well made and should perform just like you’d expect any LN item to perform. My comment was more personal.

let us know how you like them.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 09:09 PM

Who sells the forged ones?

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 09:12 PM

This is not easy to understand lot’s of people make these I have the record with the iron built in brackets and adjustable from above with a screw.I see you are saying because lie neilson make these now they might somehow be superior,Maybe they will be it is worth seeing what others think although I find both they and veritas overpriced for their stuff my 2 cents worth. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 09:12 PM

Who sells the forged ones?
Usually the Chinese LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 09:19 PM

I have the forged ones from Woodcraft and they only hold well with w leather pad on the gripper foot. But, for me they’ll do till I get better at handtooling. Thanks for the LN and Gramercy tools. I’ll step up some day.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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stevenmadden

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 09:39 PM

SCOTSMAN: I am not saying that they are (or will be) superior, I was simply stating that my reason for purchasing them was based on my brand loyalty. I have yet to go wrong with a Lie-Nielsen product, I will be sure to let you know if this turns out to be the first.

Everyone: I cannot argue the merit of this product, I have not used them (or any holdfast for that matter). I posted this thread to let people know that Lie-Nielsen is now making holdfasts…

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SCOTSMAN

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#14 posted 02-01-2013 09:51 PM

My Point is they should be far superior at those prices don’t you agree.Their stuff is well made but they don’t come cheap.Maybe that’s a good thing I just don’t know.I do however understand where your coming from and I wish you many years of happy useage as long as you are happy what can I or anyone else say? .
I find veritas just as bad actually probably worse not any of them for their better made stuff but should we be expected to pay a lot of money for a small ( easily made) dovetail angle guides etc etc etc .Some of their products like the expensive dovetail guides are beyond understanding and could be made in five minutes by any competent woodworker .Then they stick a bit of brass on most of their products and make them look pretty if not functional maybe thet’s after all is what we are being expected to pay for!!. Looks without question do often sell a product but most of their low end novelties can be done without and are an insult to any intelligent woodworker IMHO Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 02-01-2013 10:14 PM

I have some of the cheap cast ones, they in no way compare to the forged ones. But I made them useable by filing 1\16 grooves in them. (think F-clamps)

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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